Chief Science Advisor, National Ocean Service

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Speaking At:
The Changing Ocean and Impacts on Human Health
June 26, 2013 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Location: 145B
Topic: Oceans

Sandifer Presentation

Dr. Paul Sandifer is the Chief Science Advisor for NOAA’s National Ocean Service.  He is currently playing key roles in development of a NOAA-wide effort in ecological forecasting, the NOAA Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Science Program established under the RESTORE Act of 2012, a NOAA health strategy, and a science career track for NOAAA employees, among other duties.  He is also the NOS science lead for coastal ecology, biodiversity, and ecosystem science. Dr. Sandifer is recognized as one of the architects of the “metadiscipline” of Oceans and Human Health, and his other research interests include ocean policy, coastal ecosystem science, and aquaculture.  He recently completed a nearly 3 ½ -year assignment as Senior Science Advisor to the NOAA Administrator where he provided scientific and policy leadership in the development and implementation of the National Ocean Policy and led efforts to strengthen the overall NOAA science enterprise and create NOAA’s highly regarded scientific integrity policy. He is co-chair of the interagency Task Force on Integrating Science and Technology for Sustainability and a member of the NAS Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability and of the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Environmental Health Science, Research and Medicine.  Previously, Dr. Sandifer was co-chair of the Ocean Science and Technology Interagency Policy Committee of the National Ocean Council (NOC) and a member of the NOC Steering Committee.  He was a member of the US Commission on Ocean Policy, Marine Board of the National Research Council, US National Committee for the Census of Marine Life, and has served on numerous other boards and committees.  He is an Honorary Life Member of the World Aquaculture Society, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a NOAA Research Fellow. Prior to coming to NOAA, Dr. Sandifer had a distinguished 31-year career with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, including service as agency director.  He is a member of graduate faculties at the College of Charleston and the Medical University of South Carolina and has an extensive publication record.